Big Sugar Is Back

Canadian rockers will perform two shows at Commodore Ballroom this weekend.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Fans of the band Big Sugar are flocking to Vancouver to catch them in one of two shows, happening this weekend at the Commodore Ballroom.

Performing just prior to the release of their live CD/DVD "Eliminate Ya!," hitting stores on October 23rd, Big Sugar is not only known for their unique sound but also their incredible live stage performances. The group has a storied past – together for more than a decade (between 1991 and 2004), they reunited in 2010 and, a year later, released "Revolution Per Minute," their sixth studio album since their debut self-titled album came out back in '91. Led by Gordie Johnson on guitar and vocals, Big Sugar consists of Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe on harmonica and saxophone, Garry Lowe on bass, Stephane “Bodean” Beaudin on drums, and Friendlyness, who besides keyboards handles toasting duties for the band.

"You can always expect surprises!" Johnson said of their upcoming Vancouver gigs to the Vancouver Sun. "I keep track of what we play each time we come to a town (a trick I learned from my friend Warren Haynes) so that we make sure to cover the favourites as well as new jams. Blowing y'all's minds is our job."

Big Sugar will play with With Wide Mouth Mason, Willi Williams, and The Balconies on October 19th and 20th at 8pm at the Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tickets will cost $51.75 at or by calling 1-855-985-5000.

Photo:, Photos by Lindsay Sui